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Financial Inclusion and Empowerment: MIF at the MasterCard Public Sector Payments Forum

By Tomas Miller

Microfinance has experienced continuous growth in Latin America and the Caribbean over the last 10 years. Nearly 15 million clients receive microcredits totaling nearly US$ 19 billion, as the latest MIF research shows. But as microfinance has grown, there’s evidence that there’s room for other financial services to grow. Innovative savings products have the potential to empower low-income population to become more financially independent, and take part in the financial system.

At the 2013 MasterCard Public Sector Payments Forum held this week in DC, the MIF was asked to present our learnings in financial inclusion and empowerment. I presented some recommendations on how to empower underbanked and unbanked clients, which I would also like to share with you here.

En españolInclusión financiera y empoderamiento

Investment for Haiti

By Nara Meli

Yesterday, I was lucky to attend a roundtable discussion at the Council of the Americas with Haitian Ambassador Paul Altidor. I thought he brought in an interesting example of putting words into action, so I wanted to share it with you. Now, at the time of the third anniversary of the earthquake, the media is flooded with so-called “reports” about the situation on the ground in Haiti. Mostas you know, are bleak. So, what is the problem here? According to Ambassador Altidor, one of Haiti’s principal challenges is exactly this: Perception. 

Un modelo de microfranquicia que funciona en Brasil (Parte II)

By Gyoung Joo Choe

Por María Chan

 En un post anterior analizamos los siguientes aspectos de la microfranquicia de purificadores de agua Purific: (i) el producto ofrecido y el mercado al que se dirige, (ii) la evolución del modelo de negocio desde su inicio en 1998, y (iii) el funcionamiento del modelo de su microfranquicia. Para continuar ahondando nuestros conocimientos sobre su modelo, en este post procedemos a analizar y a presentarles los siguientes aspectos claves de la microfranquicia Purific: 

A Preview of PPPAmericas 2013

By Elizabeth Terry

The 2013 PPPAmericas conference is only about a month away. PPPAmericas is the leading event focusing on public-private partnerships (PPPs) in Latin America and the Caribbean. I recently spoke with the MIF’s lead PPP specialist, David Bloomgarden, about what is planned for this year’s conference, which will take place February 14-16, 2013 in Cartagena, Colombia.

Un avance de PPPAméricas 2013

Falta solo un mes para la conferencia PPPAmericas 2013, el evento líder dedicado a las Asociaciones Público-Privadas (PPPs) en América Latina y el Caribe. Al respecto, hablé con el especialista líder de PPP, David Bloomgarden, quien me contó cuáles son los planes para la conferencia de este año, que se llevará a cabo en Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, desde el 14 al 16 de febrero.

Inspiration is found in many places

By Maritza Vela

by Maritza Vela

Just before the holidays I went to London and had tea with the Prince of Wales. Yes, it’s true! The Prince is a great advocate for youth entrepreneurship, and founder of Youth Business International, a global network of programs that offer training, mentoring and access to capital to young people who want to start and grow businesses of their own. The MIF has partnered with YBI in Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago, helping more than 1500 young entrepreneurs realize their dream, and generating employment for more than 3,000 people.